Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tiered Trays and Cheerleaders

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

I'm sure you are familiar with those towers of cheerleaders.  
The success of the girl on the top tier is only as strong as the girls on the bottom. 

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

When I was in the sixth grade, I got to be a cheerleader for the boy's basketball team.
I went to a very small Lutheran school. I think, maybe there were six girls in our sixth grade graduating class. 
It was not a big squad. 
I don't know how a basketball team was formed with the minuscule number of boys that we had. 
I was not a successful cheerleader. I was a little too timid and shy but I think that our squad just wasn't big enough. 
It was suggested to me that maybe it just wasn't my "thing". 
I took the constructive criticism and whole heartedly agreed. 
I retired my little wool skirt and pom poms for good.

Tiered fall display with hydrangeas and baby boos 

I was reminded of that yesterday when my bigger squad of blogging cheerleaders went to town to fix our Inlinkz issue on Sunday. 

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

Some of them didn't have a pom-pom in the game. 
In fact, our success could have taken from their success. 
You would think it would be a little "blog eat blog". 

Tiered fall display with hydrangeas and baby boos

But no, that isn't how the blogging community works. 

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

While I was work, caring for my sweet babies and handling some issues, my blogging community was behind the scenes getting our party up and going. 

Tiered fall display with hydrangeas and baby boos

I had emails and messages cheering us on, people were praying for my brother and still others were offering tips and suggestions on how to get our issue resolved. 
We had blogging experts doing whatever they do to decode a broken code. 
It was amazing.  

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas
This summer, a wise blogger told me that there is enough for all of us out there on the internet and that I need to build my squad.               My coalition, as my daughter calls them.  
 Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

If the recent actions of my blogging community are any indication, I would have to agree that building a team is key.
As I styled this tiered tray, I was reminded that the little blogs struggling to stay up on a tier are being held up, supported, and encouraged by the bigger blogs on the bottom tier. 
For that, I am immensely grateful. 

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

It makes me want to break out the old pom poms and cheer. 

Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas,

Galvanized, Fall, Baby Boos, Hydrangeas

Have a lovely day, my friends, my squad, my teammates! 
Thank you. 
Katie 

Linking with, 
Thoughts of Home Tiered Tray Extravaganza 

27 comments :

  1. Great words of encouragement! Your tiers look wonderful!

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  2. Such a lovely, elegant display--love it! Blessings, Cecilia

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  3. I love the way you wove all of this together! What a great post. :)

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  4. your tiers look really pretty...what a fun party this is...I am on my way for my first cup of coffee and a Bear Claw..settling down to visit all the other tray owners. ox

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  5. So true. Your tiered tray vignette is beautiful.

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  6. This is a beautiful post Katie.
    Yours always are my friend. They combine heart, spot on writing, and a message.
    There is nothing better.
    Your tray is lovely,

    Thank you for joining us!
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  7. You clever and crafty girl! Your tiered tray is amazing. Thank you so much for joining in the TOH Tiered Tray Extravaganza!

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  8. What a sweet post. You are always a super supportive friend/blogger. For years I have been able to depend on encouraging words from friends here, no matter the size of the blog - I love the person behind the words that keep me going.
    You have a lot of talent that I love to check in on. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. This is beyond lovely Katie. I love the softness and simplicity of your display! It is so inspiring to see how others choose to showcase their trays and welcome fall into our homes! Have a lovely week!

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  10. Both my middle and high school was fairly large. Meaning mainly the jocks were on the sports teams and the pretty girls got to be the cheerleaders. I was never very popular in either stage in school. My 10th year high school reunion is soon and I don't plan on going.

    Even if I had the day off (which I don't), it's at a beer place (I don't drink) and after seeing old pictures people would upload on the FB group reminded me how much I hated a lot of them. If I went I figured it'd be lot like high school, only a few people would greet me warmly the others would pretend as if I didn't exist.

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  11. Well I don't know the whole story behind your post, but sounds like your blogging friends rallied along when you were in trouble and your difficulties solved just through the spirit of friendship. Gotta love blogging ;)

    Your tiered tray is so sweet, and I like the use of different fall colours.
    Wendy

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  12. Beautiful and classic look for a tier tray. Geez, the is the most fun link party I have ever gandered at. lol
    Pam @ mommacan.com

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  13. It sure does Katie! This community is just the best!
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. It means a lot to me and I always love meeting new bloggers!

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  14. I adore your analogy of the tiered trays, which I also love and how the bigger blogs help out the smaller ones. It is a very giving community.

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  15. Katie,
    Yeah!
    Up and running and it is an amazing tiered tray party, dear friend!
    The hydrangea on your beautifully style tray are your pom poms! (wink!)
    My daily prayers continue for your brother!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  16. I've checked out the party and there are some great links. Love yours, especially the color.

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  17. Katie, I'm so touched reading your words here. I've been on the receiving end of blog support from the very beginning and hope I've been successful in returning the favor at times. Hyacinths is just a little blog, and I constantly feel the support and friendship of other bloggers. Your tiered tray is charming on many levels. Love the zinc, the asymmetrical aesthetic, the cow creamer, and the simple elegance of it all.
    Hope your brother is improving and will be OK.

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  18. I agree that the blogging community is such a good one! I like how you made that tiered tray.

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  19. Blogging land is full of the best peeps ever!!! It is a wonderful community. Love the tiered tray.
    Have a super duper week Katie.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  20. I am a little blog and now I am inspired! Lovely tray!

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  21. Beautiful tray Katie and I love your analogy! I agree, there is room for all of us and why would anyone ever want to put another blogger down? We are each others cheerleaders! GO TEAM GO! :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  22. Katie I love the hydrangeas and your fall vignette!

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  23. Very pretty! Yes, I've found such sweet friends blogging. Bloggers are so kind, generous and creative. A lovely community. xx Karen

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  24. Katie, thanks for sharing that heartwarming story. We are stronger together. Love the tiered look. Sylvia D.

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  25. What a great post, Katie! Love the cheerleading analogy! Best of luck with your new link party ( I linked up an Instagram photo!).

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